North Slope Habitat Restoration Area
This area is too steep for park features, but it offered a great opportunity to bring new habitat to the neighborhood. Previously, the slope was covered with a sparsely diverse mix of grasses that are planted on the landfill cap, seeded many years ago to prevent erosion. The overall habitat value was low, and the vegetation did little to filter stormwater runoff from the site. Verde, via its Verde Landscape social enterprise, restored the North Slope to create habitat and filter runoff ‐ reducing the presence of non‐native plant species, improving native prairie habitat conditions, and establishing a more diverse plant community. On clear days, an overlook platform along the North Slope provides views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Saint Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier and the beginnings of the Columbia River Gorge.